Leeds City Council has scooped up an industry industry award for the success of its flagship low carbon district heating network.
The council and its network partners Vital Energi and Enervate were revealed as the winners of the ‘Heat and Efficiency: Operational’ trophy earlier this week at the ADE’s Decentralised Energy Awards, run by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), a trade association in the sector.
By using heat and energy recovered from non-recyclable waste at the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) to provide hot water to buildings in the city, the Leeds PIPES district heating network offers a reliable and affordable lower carbon alternative to traditional fossil fuel powered heating systems.
Last year the £47 million network of insulated underground pipes supplied 13,900 megawatt-hours of heating and helped reduce the city’s carbon footprint by more than 2,000 tonnes.
Currently stretching more than 26 kilometres in length, the network continues to expand and is regularly connecting to new buildings.
It is set to become one of the UK’s largest heat networks in the future. Nearly 2,000 homes, commercial and public buildings have already connected.